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A Message from Our Pastor

Dear Friends in Christ at Holy Spirit and St. Helen’s,

Today we hear Moses say to Joshua, “…Would that all the people of Lord were prophets.” (Numbers 11:29) So what did he mean when spoke those words?

Well, he was God’s spokesperson and God often communicated his messages to the people through him. In this particular passage, we get a glimpse of what is to come when Jesus comes, teaches his disciples, and calls the 12 to be his Apostles.

The Good News of God’s love and care for His people is news worthy of being told by all who hear it, witness it, and/or experience it.

As I write this letter to you, it happens to be the Feast Day of the Apostle and Evangelist St. Matthew. As you probably already know, Matthew was a tax collector who was considered to be a grave sinner. The first bit of Good News is that Jesus invites Matthew to follow Him.

That experience was so powerful that Matthew couldn’t help but tell the story surrounding that Good News. (Just a little tidbit about St. Matthew’s Gospel – it contains over 90% of Mark’s Gospel within Matthew’s own story telling.)

Both the story in today’s gospel from Mark, the recounting of Moses and Joshua and St. Matthew’s Feast Day, reminds us that there is nothing scary about sharing the Good News of God’s love for us, Jesus’ compassion and the Spirit’s gift of joy.

Truthfully, who among us does not like to share good news. We post, tweet, hashtag, & Instagram all kinds of joyful news. It’s natural and we love to do it. So let us too, become Evangelists and simply share the Good News as best we can.

Fr Tom